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A reader who’ll try anything once, including bad books in search of good ones. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection)
Arthur Conan Doyle, Simon Vance
Progress: 13 %
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila

Plays Well With Others (Daly Way)

Plays Well With Others - Brynn Paulin I was all set to give this story four stars and then the characterisation of swans happened, and no. Just no.Duck! is an m/m BDSM story with a sprinkling of paranormal thrown into the mix. I wanted to read about avian shifters, but unfortunately that side of the story was superficial at best. The nest and hierarchy between species read more like an allegory of BDSM caste system people were born into with dominant species on top and submissives at the bottom.Except that the dominant-submissive relationship aspect read more like an Master-slave dynamic. If you get past all that, then this is actually a well written and easy to read m/m erotica. Ori is a fledgling waiting to become of age and a full avian shifter. He’s been thrown from one foster home to another and he doesn’t know what species his heritage makes him. The nest elders’ best guess is a lowly duckling. Raynard is a hawk shifter recently returned to the nest, and suitably high in the hierarchy for his dominant tendencies. He becomes engrossed with Ori and decides to save him from the abuse by the other nest shifters. Ori does what he’s told; he’s a good submissive. I managed to swallow the iffy aspects of their set up—Raynard’s total control over Ori without Ori ever questioning the arrangement other than to offer more—because I utterly bought Ori’s want and need to please his master. Ori wanted to serve and he wouldn’t have been happy any other way. As much as I wanted to learn more about the nest dynamics, I would have been happy with less hadn’t the author’s portrayal of swans’ nature rung utterly false. She makes them sound like majestic but utterly helpless creatures without proper guidance. Swans aren’t helpless. They’re fierce, protective of their cygnets, and downright scary coming at you. It’s a good read if you’re in the mood to suspend your disbelief.